Science & Motor Learning

How to Grow a Super-Athlete

This is one of the original “articles” from our old website; we are reposting the entire series here on our blog. I am not sure where this article originally appeared or how it got on our radar, but it is another powerful testament to the principles we have been championing for quite some time. –…

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Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication by Dr. Carl McGown The philosopher William Of Occam (1300-1349) reputedly said: “Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.” This statement has come to be known in science as Occam’s Razor and it usually is translated this way: “Of two competing theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler…

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Initial Ability

This was an interesting graph that was put out not too long ago regarding the 2010-11 NFL “final four”. While the article is about hiring practices, the thing that stuck out to me was the high percentage of undrafted players on each roster. You would think that with as many resources as NFL teams have,…

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Whole Training (continued)

The article on Whole Training has generated several comments and some interesting back-and-forth with the authors (Dr. Bain and Dr. McGown) and readers. Below is some text from an email between Dr. Bain and a commenter. The text was originally put up as a comment in the Whole Training post, but we thought that it…

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Whole Training

Dr. Steve Bain, a longtime friend of GMS and quite a smart guy in his own right, has written an article for publication in Volleyball Magazine. His summary of the article: “On behalf of my Co-Author, Dr. Carl McGown, please find attached our manuscript titled, “Motor Learning Principles and the Superiority of Whole Training in…

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Still More on Talent

General vs Specific Abilities We have beat this horse practically to death, but every time I do a clinic and we start talking about Generality vs. Specificity the coaches can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that “Talent” or some kind of general athletic ability doesn’t enter into the development of volleyball players….

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